Activities of Sub Department/Directorates/Divisions

The Department of Social Forestry is entrusted with the assignment of giving thrust to Agro Forestry in the State besides the development of Medicinal Plants on commercial line, under the Joint Forest Management Programme as per the Guidelines of SRO-61 of 1992 and SRO-17 of 1999. The Department is to maintain all the assets created under the Social Forestry Project and to create nurseries to produce planting stocks, raise plantations, distribution of plant material to the locals, farmers, Govt. agencies for planting in their fields/premises with an ultimate goal of greening the state, improving the environment, generating the employment and conserving the natural forests.

To meet the above objective following schemes are in vogue at present:-
  1. Establishment of Nurseries: The Department has established nurseries in all the Tehsil/Districts of the State excepting Kargil & Leh. In Nurseries improved and better quality planting material is raised in abundance to meet the requirement. From these nurseries apart from meeting the requirement of various plantation schemes undertaken by the Department, the plants are also supplied to the farmers, Govt. agencies on nominal rates. Technical know how is also imparted to the desirous farmers/public about raising, planting and maintenance.
  2. Rehabilitation of Degraded Forests:Degraded forest areas are closed with fencing and natural regeneration is supplemented by artificial planting. Some times nurse crops are first to provide shade, before the main crop is planted. Thrust remains on natural and indigenous species.
  3. Village Wood Lots: Village Woodlots are planted over unproductive state/revenue/the village common lands. Village Woodlots are raised to make villages self sufficient to fuel-wood, fodder and small timber besides earning money for their involvement in forestry in respect of works. Mainly fodder yielding species, plants of medicinal value and grasses are planted in Village Wood Lots. Soil & Water conservation works wherever necessary are also executed in the Village Wood Lots.
  4. Strip Plantations: Strip plantations are raised along side roads, railway line and canals to provide aesthetic beauty, shade to travelers, pollution control etc.
  5. Silvi-Pasture Development: Forest lands/revenue lands/other Government lands in the fodder scarce regions are brought under this scheme. Fodder trees and high yielding grasses like Legumes of Napier, Red clover etc. are given priority under this scheme to improve the grazing capacity of the pasture lands.
  6. Institutional Plantation: Tree planting is done on marginal/ Institutional lands of Government offices, Institutional premises, Schools, Colleges etc. to add to the beauty of the institutions.

This way the Department of Social Forestry is creating the desired level of awareness among the people about the significance and importance of planting trees.

Department of Social Forestry helps to induce community for creating, maintaining and protecting the plantations in the contemplated Joint Management Programme. The community participation under JFM had been the central theme for the Social Forestry.

Brief of services (direct/indirect) being provided :
  1. Department provides plants to people at subsidized rates.
  2. Providing specialized technical know-how in the field of the agro forestry and tree planting.
  3. Providing employment to locals by engaging them in plantation initiatives taken up under various Schemes/Components, feeding & meeting the requirement of fruit industry, plywood/Board industry and sports industry.
  4. Providing of fire wood, small timber, fodder, grasses and other NTF Produce to locals. As per provisions of SRO 61 of 1992 / SRO 17 of 1999 (modified), the interim and final harvest is being shared with the locals through Village Forest Committees in cash or kind.
  5. Upliftment of socio-economic conditions of farmers.
  6. Environmental improvement.
  7. Adding to the aesthetic scenario.
  8. Soil and water conservation.
  9. Reducing the thrust on natural forests for wood/timber/grazing etc.
  10. Awareness about importance of trees/plantations.

The Divisional Heads are wholly responsible for execution of all afforestation & other works of the department in their jurisdiction under the control & technical guidance of Regional Heads in a grand supervision & command of Director of the Department (HoD), however the issues/cases which lie beyond the competence of the Director are referred/guided to/by the Administrative Department (Forests).

NOTE: The respective Divisional Forest Officers / Range Officers & Block Officers of the Department can be visited/approached for getting plants on subsidized rates and to obtain other technical guidance & services.